100 Words, 100 Days: Day 30. On Education.

The Leaving Certificate results came out yesterday and once again, facts have to be faced. Today’s students are failing at basic maths. The levels of success at Pass Level Maths and Sciences have dropped considerably over the last few years. This leads me to ask two questions.

1. Are students unwilling to be educated, preferring instead the instant gratification of social network sites, XBox and Wii?

2. Does our education system and those in its employ need urgent reform?

I suspect it’s a combination of the two. Of course there are those who excel in education, but they seem to be the exception today.

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3 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 30. On Education.

  1. I think there have always been slackers in school, and over achievers. Now, though, it is so easy to be distracted, what with personal phones, texting, and more.

    Think about how easy it is for us, pro-writers, to be distracted… and we do what we do because we are driven. …and how much easier it must be to surrender to distraction if you don’t want to be there in the first place…

  2. “Yes, for some” in answer to both questions. There is, in addition, the hidden influence of other stuff I can’t tell what it is because it’s hidden, but I know it’s there.

  3. I think it may even be compounded, as the next generation of slackers. How many time as a child we go to our parents for there assitance. We have 2 senerios here…one the parents are working and to they don’t know either. Talk about discouraging kids to learn.

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